Pandemic has brought a drastic change in the lives of people around the globe. Cricketing fans have been much affected by the unprecedented nature of the break. The return of the novel wave has raised some doubts in the minds of people. And we, at Female Cricket, have highlighted the vulnerability of women in any such situation.
Recent reports further state that the International Cricket Council has postponed the Women’s T20 World Cup. The previous slot at the end of 2022 has been shifted to 2023 in February with dates being 9th to 26th. ICC said that the board has approved the recommendations from Cricket Committee headed by Anil Kumble.
The statement from International Cricket Council said that “ICC Women’s T20 World Cup postponed to February 2023”. It further says that “The move follows the decision in August to postpone the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 to 2022 meaning there would be three major events in 2022 with the Commonwealth Games in July 2022 and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup due to be held in November 2022”.
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa has been postponed to February 2023. pic.twitter.com/TE00GexQsI
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The shift is expected to build on the momentum gained after the 2020 World Cup. Manu Sawhney, Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council, said that “Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on several levels. Firstly, it will provide a better workload balance for players giving them the best possible opportunity to perform to the highest levels on a global stage. Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term”.
Cricket Committee had recommended other steps as well that have been taken under consideration. While the presentation of the move may be positive, it must be noted that men are preparing for the world cups and have undergone tournaments like the Indian Premier League, PSL.
Men and women need to be seen as similar partners with distinct traits. Development of both sides needs to go hand in hand for the desired future highlighting equality amidst greater competitiveness.